Juliette Binoche has a secret in “L’attesa (The Wait),” first-time director Pierro Messina’s loose adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s 1923 play “The Life I Gave You.” A clip provided exclusively to Indiewire gives a sense of the film’s enigmatic plotting — Binoche’s character is playing host to her son’s daughter in the lead-up to Easter; the young man in question, however, is conspicuous in his absence. Binoche knows why, and she isn’t saying anything.
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The camera glides into a darkened room at night as a series of messages from the young woman to her boyfriend play on an answering machine. It starts out innocuously, with her talking about packing her bags and asking about Easter plans, before growing urgent: “Answer me, please. I just got to your house. Where on earth are you?” At the end, Binoche’s face, surrounded by darkness, is the last thing we see.
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Messina previously served as an assistant director on Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty.” Oscilloscope Laboratories is releasing “L’attesa” in New York and Los Angeles next Friday, April 29.